Vowel and consonant quantity in Germanic, Indo-European and beyond

International workshop at the University of Zurich, 1–2 February 2024

At the conclusion of our tri-national research project on vowel and consonant quantity in southern German varieties from Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, this workshop addresses eminent issues revolving around the discussions of the (in)stability and typology of quantity contrast(s) in German and other languages. The aim of the workshop is to bring together scholars working on a variety of quantity languages (Germanic, Romance, Finno-Ugric, and others) as well as from theoretical perspectives and with different methodological approaches, ranging from phonological typology to experimental phonetics. Contributions offer, on the one hand, a systematic view on particular language families (Germanic, Romance) and the languages of the world in general, drawing on phonological databases and phonetic corpora; on the other hand, they also report recent empirical insights from production and perception experiments in specific language varieties. A particular focus lies on mechanisms of sound change, both from a larger diachronic perspective and a more sociophonetic approach to linguistic change in progress.

Book of abstracts

Program (click to view/hide)

Time Speaker (Affiliation) Preliminary Title
Thursday, February 1st
09:00 – 09:45 Felicitas Kleber (LMU Munich) &
Stephan Schmid (University of Zurich)
Welcome and Introduction
Chair: Guido Seiler
09:45 – 10:30 Ian Maddieson (University of New Mexico) Quantity and syllable structure: Cross-linguistic Patterns
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 – 11:45 B. Richard Page (Pennsylvania State University) The synchrony and diachrony of vowel and consonant quantity in Germanic languages
11:45 – 12:30 Felicitas Kleber (LMU Munich) Prosodic change in Central Bavarian and prosodic stability in Swiss German? Evidence from articulatory, acoustic and perceptual data
12:30 – 14:15 Lunch break
Chair: Volker Dellwo
14:15 – 15:00 Stephan Schmid (University of Zurich) Vowel and consonant quantity in Zurich German
15:00 – 15:45 Michael Pucher & Lorenz Gutscher (Austrian Research Institute for Artifical Intelligence) Acoustic Language Embeddings and Phonetic Typology of Austrian German varieties
15:45 – 16:15 Coffee break
16:15 – 17:00 Michele Loporcaro (University of Zurich) Vowel and consonant quantity in Romance languages
17:00 – 17:45 Lorenzo Filipponio (HU Berlin)
Davide Garassino (ZHAW)
Dalina Dipino (University of Zurich)
Vowel and consonant quantity in Ligurian dialects
Friday, February 2nd
Chair: Eleanor Chodroff
09:00 – 09:45 Enkeleida Kapia (LMU Munich; Academy of Albanological Sciences, Tirana) &
Josiane Riverin-Coutlée (LMU Munich)
Vowel quantity in Albanian: Dialect change, acquisition and attitudes
09:45 – 10:30 Václav Jonáš Podlipský (Palacký University Olomouc ) Czech vowel quantity: the role of vowel duration and spectrum as cues
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 – 11:45 Katalin Mády (Hungarian Research Centre for Linguistics) Consonant and vowel quantity in Hungarian and some aspects of sociophonetic variation
11:45 – 12:30 Pärtel Lippus (University of Tartu) Vowel and consonant quantity in Estonian: typological overview and phonetic evidence
12:30 – 14:15 Lunch break
Chair: Catalina Torres
14:15 – 15:00 Yeongeun Choi (University of Zurich) Durational correlates of word-initial plosives and the following vowels in Korean
15:00 – 15:45 Kathleen Jepson (LMU Munich) Vowel and consonant duration relationships in Australian Indigenous languaguage: The case of Djambarrpuyŋu
15:45 – 16:15 Coffee break
16:15 – 17:00 Ludger Paschen (ZAS Berlin)
Matthew Stave (DDL, Université Lumière Lyon 2)
Frank Seifart (ZAS Berlin)
Vowel and consonant length in the DoReCo corpus
17:00 – 17:45 Final discussion